WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ The Defense Department has blocked access to several popular LGBT websites, angering activists, according to AmericaBlog.
The Internet filter, provided by software maker Blue Coat, blocks not just adult sites, but also blogs like Americablog and the sites of organizations like GLAAD and HRC.
‚ÄúBlue Coat is banning any and all news related to gay and trans people, and even banning anti-bullying and suicide prevention information,‚ÄĚ Americablog‚Äôs John Aravosis writes. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs an incredibly offensive category for any company to create, but adding in anti-bullying and suicide prevention as two specific things that need to be censored, is beyond offensive, especially when Blue Coat admits that sites are ‚Äėgenerally suitable for viewing by all age groups.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
HRC and GLAAD have both mobilized readers to reach out to Blue Shield and the Pentagon over the filter block, and a Change.org petition to lift the block had garnered 3,232 supporters as of Wednesday.